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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:03 pm 
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USL PRO's Phoenix FC Wolves change owners,
will become Arizona United SC for 2014 season

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With the start of the 2014 USL PRO season fast approaching, one team is undergoing a major makeover.

Phoenix FC Wolves announced Wednesday on their website that the owners would no longer run a USL PRO team, leading to speculation about the future of the franchise. On Thursday, the league confirmed American Soccer Marketing was out as the owners of the franchise, and Arizona United Soccer Club would be taking over the franchise rights for Phoenix.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/13/usl-pros-phoenix-fc-wolves-change-owners-will-become-arizona-united-sc-2014-


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New York Red Bulls ready to launch USL PRO side in 2015:
"We see it as a big, big advantage"

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If all goes according to plan, the New York Red Bulls will soon follow the footsteps of the LA Galaxy and field a team in USL PRO.

Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said at the club’s media day on Tuesday that New York are currently well into the process of launching a third-division side, set to begin play next year. Roxburgh told reporters back in December that the Red Bulls had explored the possibility of launching a USL PRO club for 2014, but that they were not able to finalize the plans in time.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:26 pm 
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USL PRO's Phoenix FC Wolves change owners,
will become Arizona United SC for 2014 season

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With the start of the 2014 USL PRO season fast approaching, one team is undergoing a major makeover.

Phoenix FC Wolves announced Wednesday on their website that the owners would no longer run a USL PRO team, leading to speculation about the future of the franchise. On Thursday, the league confirmed American Soccer Marketing was out as the owners of the franchise, and Arizona United Soccer Club would be taking over the franchise rights for Phoenix.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/13/usl-pros-phoenix-fc-wolves-change-owners-will-become-arizona-united-sc-2014-


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:27 pm 
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Queen City Soccer Club
to replace Charlotte Eagles in USL PRO in 2015

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Through some Internet sleuthing, it looks like we have found the Eagles' replacement, who have started following other USL PRO clubs on Twitter. The Queen City Soccer Club has begun to follow other USL PRO teams on Twitter, and their website has been registered by Wade Leaphart, the GM for the Charlotte Hounds. As a noted MLS Snob (TM Greg Roche), I approve of their use of Soccer Club rather than Football Club. While it is sad to see a long-standing USL PRO club leave, it is always good to see the health of the league improve.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:30 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:32 pm 
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McLaughlin Joins Energy As Partner
Becomes equal partner with Funk Jr. for expansion franchise

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OKC Energy FC News Release -- http://www.energyfc.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – OKC Energy FC announced today that respected local businessman Tim McLaughlin has joined the management team as an equal partner with Bob Funk Jr.

The partnership represents a major step towards uniting the Oklahoma City soccer community and strengthens Prodigal’s commitment to bring top level professional soccer to Oklahoma City including a potential Major League Soccer team in the years ahead.

“We’re pleased to have Tim join OKC Energy FC as an equal partner,” said Prodigal owner Bob Funk Jr. “His passion for the continued success of Oklahoma City and its citizens is unmatched. By uniting our efforts, it brings us another step closer to our shared vision of bringing a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Oklahoma City in the future.”


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:34 pm 
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2014 USL Pro preview
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This season will be tricky again, especially since two of the weaker teams folded: VSI Tampa Bay and the Antigua Barracudas. LA Galaxy II are joined by two new expansion teams, but with familiar coaching names such as Jimmy Nielsen leading the Oklahoma Energy and former Toronto FC coach Preki leads the Sacramento Republic, while two clubs changed their names but remain in the same area.




Overall, it should be an exciting season with the added advantage that the league will be broadcasting most games free of charge over Youtube. For those people looking for an additional soccer fix, or trying to grasp the quality of soccer in North America, I give you my 2014 USL Pro preview.

http://www.rednationonline.ca/Articles2014/2014USLPropreview.aspx


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Republic Make Debut On The Road
Fucito added to squad ahead of trip to Galaxy II

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Sacramento Republic FC News Release -- http://www.sacrepublicfc.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Republic FC is set to take to the field for the first time in club history as it visits the LA Galaxy II on Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. PT. The match will be played at the StubHub Center Track Stadium in Los Angeles.

Republic FC finished the preseason with a 4-2-1 overall record, including matches against their MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes, the Ventura County Fusion, a strong PDL club, as well as UC Davis, Sacramento State, Chico State, St. Mary’s and UC Santa Barbara.

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USL Partners With Ruffneck Scarves
Ruffneck to serve as Official Scarf Supplier

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USL News Release

Friday, March 28, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is pleased to announce Ruffneck Scarves as the Official Scarf Supplier of USL. The multi-year agreement between the Seattle, Washington-based company and USL provides USL and its teams the opportunity to work with a nationally recognized scarf manufacturer that specializes in custom scarf production targeted at enhancing game day atmosphere, providing fans a way to display their support for a club and providing teams with a formal way to continue the extensions of their brands.

“Our partnership with Ruffneck Scarves will help provide all of our teams with a valuable opportunity to enhance their brand awareness and fan engagement,” USL President Tim Holt said. “Ruffneck Scarves has become an industry leader by producing a quality product and catering to the needs of passionate soccer fans, and USL looks forward to helping grow that passion.”


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:27 pm 
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Duggan Targets Detroit For USL PRO
Michigan Bucks owner aiming for new franchise in 2015

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Michigan Bucks News Release -- http://www.buckssoccer.com

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Michigan Bucks owner Dan Duggan confirmed today that he has reached a preliminary agreement with USL PRO to bring a professional outdoor soccer team to the Detroit market starting in the 2015 season. The agreement (subject to league approval of the ownership group and stadium plan) represents the final chapter in the longtime local soccer executive's quest to bring a professional team and soccer-specific stadium to downtown Detroit, marking the first time professional outdoor soccer has been played in the city since 1968 when the Detroit Cougars hosted their games at Tiger Stadium.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:32 pm 
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Building the Soccer Pyramid:
Long road could lead to huge expansion for USL PRO


It’s not often that the lower tiers of the North American soccer pyramid intrude on the collective consciousness of Major League Soccer.

There are exceptions, obviously. Think about Cal FC in the 2012 US Open Cup, the recent NASL rebirth of the New York Cosmos, Dom Dwyer’s successful loan to USL PRO Orlando City SC last season, or even the fact that Orlando will be the fifth team to join MLS after existing in a lower division, after Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Montreal. But are MLS fans really paying enough attention to the quickly shifting landscape beneath their feet?

They certainly should be. Look no further than the new aura surrounding USL PRO, the US Soccer Federation’s third-tier league. In 2013, MLS and USL cemented an agreement to integrate MLS’s Reserve League into USL PRO with the hope that by the end of 2015, every MLS club will either own a third-division team or affiliate with an existing club in order to improve player development.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/03/21/building-soccer-pyramid-long-road-could-lead-huge-expansion-usl-pro

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Building the Soccer Pyramid:
Cash is king for aspiring USL PRO squads


Right now, there are operational professional soccer teams in 39 different markets across the first three tiers of US Soccer – MLS, NASL and USL PRO – and if everything goes according to plan, 2015 will see another two markets enter the fold.

But if you accept USL PRO president Tim Holt’s evaluation of the North American soccer landscape, that means we’re only at 50 percent capacity.

“I think there are anywhere between 50 to 75 different markets in the United States that can support, under the right circumstances, a professional soccer team,” Holt tells MLSsoccer.com. “It’s not the craziest thing. You’re talking about another 20 to 30 markets, potentially, that don’t have professional soccer that could support professional soccer.”

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/04/04/building-soccer-pyramid-cash-king-aspiring-usl-pro-squads


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next week to discuss moving the USL franchise

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Two of Orlando City's new MLS owners are coming to meet with The Coopers to discuss relocating their USL franchise to Louisville. Yes, you read that right. We're moving to Molly Malone's in the Highlands to accommodate a larger crowd.

We need a huge turnout to make an impression on the Orlando City officials: Phil Rawlins and John Bonner.

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New renderings of Louisville's Slugger Field in a soccer configuration
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Orlando Gets Past Oklahoma City
Lions spoil Energy FC home opener with 2-1 victory

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Orlando City took sole possession of first place in the USL PRO standings as it took a 2-1 victory against OKC Energy FC on Saturday night at Pribil Stadium. Energy FC brought a sellout crowd for its inaugural home opener, but goals by Dennis Chin and Kevin Molino gave the Lions a two-goal lead either side of halftime before a late consolation by Steven Perry for Oklahoma City.

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Sacramento's home opener, the first of 3 games in Hughes Stadium before their new stadium is completed.

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